Chris Cole completed the swim in 2Hrs04mins, remembering his first lessons as he did so “I can clearly remember waiting nervously by the small pool for my first lesson, watching the lane swimmers going up and down, thinking that if I could just do one length like that then I’d be delighted. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I could achieve anything like this.”
Ash Christopher went on to have the 5th in the non-wetsuit category in a time of 1:47:54, shortly behind the fastest Seadog: David Perry who was 9th overall in the age group, finishing in a time of 1:47:17.
Another debutant, Julia Maddock finished 12th in her age group with a respectable time of 1:54:43. Also swimming for the first time was Julie Grey, battling through injury to achieve an 11th place age group finish in 2:18:08.
Dean Katwell brought up the rear guard for the Shirley Pool Seadogs, finishing in a time of 2:20:33.
The next challenges for the Seadogs:
Escape from Alcatraz: 22nd August
River Itchen Biathlon: 5th September